Two years ago, Moon Area High School began a boys lacrosse program, and the results might have been considered typical as the Tigers won just one game in seven outings playing an Independent schedule.
In 2012, the Tigers started the season with four consecutive losses. But a 5-3 victory over Norwin touched off a spark and Moon won nine of its next 10 games. The most significant victory was the 9-8 double-overtime victory at Division II playoff participant Seton-LaSalle. Earlier in the year, the Rebels had blanked the Tigers, 12-0. Moon finished the year at 10-7, and the Tigers will play a Division II schedule this season. They will play in Section 2 with Baldwin, Canon-McMillan, Chartiers Valley, Seton-LaSalle and Winchester Thurston.
"We have a strong team that is looking to make the playoffs," coach Harry Watts said. "I have 55 boys on the team that includes a varsity, junior varsity and sophomore squad. There are 9th-graders and 10th-graders on the sophomore team."
Sophomore Ajay Hamer was the team's leading scorer last year. Watts also is expecting big seasons from senior goalie C.J. Atkison and junior lock down defenseman Scott Sevin.
Moon began the season on Friday against Division I member Fox Chapel, and visits Mars in another non-section game on Monday. Moon is the only West region team participating in boys lacrosse this spring.